The Board and Staff of the Irish Film Institute are deeply saddened to hear of the death this weekend of film producer James Flynn.
An esteemed IFI Council member, James was a prolific award-winning producer of a broad range of work, from TV series such as The Tudors and The Borgias, and animated features such as The Secret of Kells, to such significant feature projects as Angela’s Ashes, Calvary, Greta, Ondine and most recently as co-producer on The Banshees of Inisherin. He began his work in the industry working with John Boorman in Merlin Films; working later in senior development roles with the Irish Film Board; and then with Morgan O’Sullivan on a wealth of Irish and in-coming film and TV productions, cementing Ireland’s place as a viable and attractive location for international production and ensuring employment and training opportunities for a generation of Irish film practitioners. In 1997, he and his wife Juanita Wilson set up Metropolitan Films which to date has been involved with over 80 feature film and TV productions including Juanita’s Oscar®-nominated The Door and critically acclaimed feature As If I Am Not There. While consistently busy over the decades with a full slate of projects, James’s focus always embraced the wider film community as evidenced in his commitment as board member to the Irish Film Board, Screen Producers Ireland, the Screen Commission of Ireland and Screen Training Ireland. His significant contribution over three decades to the evolution of a robust and internationally acclaimed film industry cannot be overestimated.
James’s wisdom, generosity and talent will be greatly missed by many of us throughout the film industry.
We send our heartfelt condolences to our dear friend and IFI Board Member Juanita and her family.
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